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"Fry, Moore, Bacon"
During the week of January 30th, Iowa Rep. Rob Bacon of Slater was able to get House colleagues Tom Moore and Joel Fry to collaborate on a resolution to honor Iowa's pork producers. House Resolution 3 was introduced by "Fry, Moore, Bacon" and passed on a voice vote.
JBS, Ottumwa’s largest employer, produces more than 6 million 8-ounce servings of pork per day, and more than 1 billion pounds per year. Here are some interesting facts:
- Harvests and processes about 4.65 million market hogs per year
- Employs 2,482 people in both salaried and hourly jobs
- Produces 2 million pounds of bacon per week!
During the year 2016, City of Ottumwa spent $3.8 million in road improvements, including patching 7,187 potholes.
“It’s Photography of Iowa, the People of Iowa"
Ottumwan Michael W. Lemberger, a lifelong photographer and historian, died in 2016 at the age of 74. He left a collection of 1.5 million images, including his own work and historic photos from the 1880s through the early 21st century. Included are images from around the world and the nation, including ten US presidents, as well as a broad range of illustrations of Iowans and Iowa. Learn More
IAM AGTECH will soon offer a Dept. of Labor-recognized Registered Apprenticeship (RA)program. This program will utilize Related Training Instruction (RTI) from Indian Hills Community College’s Laser and Electro-Optics Technology program. Most importantly, it offers future employees/apprentices’ on-the-job training and paid wages while they learn. IAM AGTECH is committed to bringing precision optics-based technology measurements to the agribusiness industry along with other future applications. They are confident that the RA program can provide skilled, qualified candidates for this high-tech organization.
IAM AGTECH founder Dr. Dominic Murphy is an international award-winning technologist from Ireland with a passion for innovation. IAM AGTECH ‘s proprietary field instruments provide measurements for early detection and intervention across soil, feed, and dairy applications.
Ottumwa’s center is rated 7th out of 124 in the nation!
OEDC is a Public-Private Partnership
It might come as a surprise to many who don’t know that OEDC is a public-private partnership, with financial support coming from business, industry, government, and individuals.
In fact, over the past four years, the average tax support was only 37%. And with a staff of 2 full-time equivalents (including CEO, Executive Director, receptionist, accounting), the OEDC budget for FY 2018 is around $187,000.
OEDC provides return on investment in the form of business recruitment, industry retention, land development, and marketing services. It also provides a bi-annual Laborshed Report, is part of two regional and one statewide economic development organizations, and supports both Educator in the Workforce and C3 workforce readiness teams.